The College Football season looms over us and is coming quickly. KnupSports is eyeing each conference and looking at the schedules and predicting their season.  Today we look at the Big Ten Conference.   

 

Big Ten 2019 College Football Odds and Preview

 

The Big Ten may see a changing of the guard this year as the Ohio State Buckeyes continue to be very good but will be lacking their steadying force with the retirement of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

 

Best Conference Games to Watch

 

Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 30

Michigan State at Michigan, Nov. 16

Penn State at Ohio State, Nov. 23

Michigan State at Ohio State, Oct. 5

Wisconsin at Ohio State, Oct. 26

Michigan at Wisconsin, Sept. 21

Michigan at Penn State, Oct. 19

Penn State at Michigan State, Oct. 26

Iowa at Wisconsin, Nov. 9

Wisconsin at Nebraska, Nov. 16

 

Odds to Win Conference

 

Illinois   +10000

Indiana  +8000

Iowa      +2200

Maryland  +3300

Michigan  +250

Mich St    +1000

Minnesota  +6600

Nebraska   +1000

Northwestern  +2000

Ohio State  +110

Penn State  +700

Purdue        +2500

Rutgers       +10000

Wisconsin    +1600

Team Previews

 

Michigan Wolverines– They are ranked #5 in the country and head coach Jim Harbaugh may finally get a conference title this season. Harbaugh comes in with a 38-14 record in his four seasons at Michigan and has made a huge step by turning over the offense with the hiring of Offensive Coordinator Josh Gattis. 

Gattis will run a no-huddle spread offense as much as he can and rely on All-American quarterback Shea Patterson to distribute the football. Last year, Patterson passed for 2600 yards with 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. His primary target will be junior receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins. The running back position will be a bit dicier but someone always finds his way in the Michigan scheme.

It’s do or die for Jim Harbaugh.

Ohio State Buckeyes– This team is ranked #7 in the country and has a new head coach as Ryan Day gets a full season under his belt. He was 3-0 as an interim head coach before UrbanMeyer left the program. 

Justin Fields was brought in to be the quarterback which caused several backup players to leave the program. The Georgia transfer can flourish under offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. If Fields fails, Kentucky transfer Gunnar Hoak waits in the wings. The offense will be in the hands of 1000 yards running back J.K. Dobbins. 

The defense should be dominating in each game they play and are led by Chase Young. He is n the conversation for the #1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The defense can change the game with BB Landers, Davon Hamilton, and Jashon Cornell on the field. 

 

Iowa Hawkeyes– Head Coach Kirk Ferentz has been at Iowa for 20 seasons and has a 152-101 record. This will be a team that no one sneaks up on and is a known quantity, They enter the season ranked #14 in the nation. 

Nate Stanley comes back for his third year as the quarterback for offensive coordinator and son of the coach Brian Ferentz. Stanley tossed 26 touchdowns in each of the previous two seasons. The running backs will be fine with Mekhi Sargent returning after rushing for nine touchdowns and 745 total yards on the ground.

The defense find A.J. Epenesa leading the charge as the defensive end led the team with 10.5 sacks. Chauncey Golston is back and he will man the other end of the line. The best newcomer for the Hawkeyes appears to be offensive lineman Ezra Miller and appears to be eyeing a guard spot. He is an Iowa HS product. 

 

Wisconsin Badgers– This team is ranked #16 and will go as far as running back Jonathan Taylor can take them. He was electrifying last season with 2,194 yards and completed 16 touchdowns. The junior will be aided by quarterback Jack Coan who wins the position due to the transfer of Alex Hornibrook. 

Head Coach Paul Chryst is 48-12 in 4 years in Madison, Wisconsin. He will need to get some defensive help and that was their biggest weakness last year. The top newcomer to the program is Leo Chanal who is an inside linebacker and is 6’2” and 239 lbs. He is a decent bet to get lots of playing time. 

 

Michigan State Spartans– Quarterback Brain Lewerke returns for his final season and head coach Mark Dantonio won’t give him any slack. Three receivers return for the offense but the running back spot is under auditions. 

The defense is anchored by senior defensive tackle Kenny Williams along with defensive end Joe Bachle. It is the defense that will keep them in games but the offense can’t compete against the big boys.

Nebraska Cornhuskers– Head coach Scott Frost saw improvement from his team from start to finish. He will have sophomore Adrian Martinex manning the quarterback spot with new running backs Dedrick Mills and Maurice Washington getting experience. 

Nebraska has a great schedule which allows them to win games and will likely win their side of the conference. An ace in the hole is top newcomer Wan’Dale Robinson who has scored 130 touchdowns in high school as a wide receiver. 

 

Penn State Nittany Lions– Coming into the season they are ranked #26 in the country. Trace McSorley is gone from the program and Sean Clifford gets the nod. He has thrown seven collegiate passes in his career.

Northwestern Wildcats– Hunter Johnson, a Clemson transfer, is the best quarterback in Evanston, Illinois and give the Cats some credibility. The issue is a new system for him to learn for 13-year veteran coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Minnesota Gophers– They get an easier schedule and should exceed their seven wins for last season. 

Purdue Boilermakers– Coach Jeff Brohm returns for his third season. This is an up-and-coming team in the Big Ten. Rondale Moore will be leading the offense from the receiving corps. 

Indiana Hoosiers– This could be the year the Hoosiers break away from those 5-7 years and gets into a bowl game. The biggest issue facing head coach Tom Allen will be lack of depth. 

Maryland Terrapins– This year is primed to see a much better product on the football field for coach Mike Locksley. Some explosiveness returns with Anthony McFarland and quarterback Josh Jackson who is a transfer from Virginia Tech.  

 

Illinois Fighting Illini– Head Coach Lovie Smith is on everyone’s’ list to be on the hot seat. After three years in Champaign, he is 8-27. The offense may be a brighter spot than many are expecting but the talent is low. It is time for the talent and experience to take over. 

Rutger Scarlet Knights- Another on the hot seat is head coach Chris Ash. He is 7-29 in three seasons for Rutgers. The running game may save this team a bit but the quarterback spot is in disarray. 

 

Composite Schedules

 

Thursday, August 29

South Dakota State at Minnesota

 

Friday, August 30

Tulsa at Michigan State

UMass at Rutgers

 

Saturday, August 31

  1. Northwestern at Stanford
  2. Wisconsin at USF
  3. Purdue at Nevada
  4. Florida Atlantic at Ohio State
  5. Middle Tennessee at Michigan
  6. Miami University at Iowa
  7. Indiana vs. Ball State (in Indianapolis)
  8. South Alabama at Nebraska
  9. Akron at Illinois
  10. Idaho at Penn State
  11. Howard at Maryland

 

Saturday, September 7

  1. Nebraska at Colorado
  2. Syracuse at Maryland
  3. Vanderbilt at Purdue
  4. Rutgers at Iowa
  5. Cincinnati at Ohio State
  6. Army at Michigan
  7. Minnesota at Fresno State
  8. Western Michigan at Michigan State
  9. Illinois at UConn
  10. Buffalo at Penn State
  11. Central Michigan at Wisconsin
  12. Eastern Illinois at Indiana

 

Saturday, September 14

  1. Arizona State at Michigan State
  2. Ohio State at Indiana
  3. Iowa at Iowa State
  4. Pitt at Penn State
  5. TCU at Purdue
  6. Maryland at Temple
  7. NIU at Nebraska
  8. UNLV at Northwestern
  9. Georgia Southern at Minnesota
  10. Eastern Michigan at Illinois

 

Saturday, September 21

  1. Michigan at Wisconsin
  2. Michigan State at Northwestern
  3. Nebraska at Illinois
  4. Boston College at Rutgers
  5. Miami University at Ohio State
  6. UConn at Indiana

 

Friday, September 27

  1. Penn State at Maryland

 

Saturday, September 28

  1. Ohio State at Nebraska
  2. Northwestern at Wisconsin
  3. Indiana at Michigan State
  4. Minnesota at Purdue
  5. Rutgers at Michigan
  6. Middle Tennessee at Iowa

 

Saturday, October 5

  1. Michigan State at Ohio State
  2. Iowa at Michigan
  3. Northwestern at Nebraska
  4. Purdue at Penn State
  5. Illinois at Minnesota
  6. Maryland at Rutgers
  7. Kent State at Wisconsin

 

Saturday, October 12

  1. Michigan State at Wisconsin
  2. Penn State at Iowa
  3. Nebraska at Minnesota
  4. Maryland at Purdue
  5. Michigan at Illinois
  6. Rutgers at Indiana

 

Friday, October 18

  1. Ohio State at Northwestern

 

Saturday, October 19

  1. Michigan at Penn State
  2. Purdue at Iowa
  3. Wisconsin at Illinois
  4. Indiana at Maryland
  5. Minnesota at Rutgers

 

Saturday, October 26

  1. Wisconsin at Ohio State
  2. Notre Dame at Michigan
  3. Penn State at Michigan State
  4. Iowa at Northwestern
  5. Maryland at Minnesota
  6. Indiana at Nebraska
  7. Illinois at Purdue
  8. Liberty at Rutgers

 

Saturday, November 2

  1. Nebraska at Purdue
  2. Michigan at Maryland
  3. Northwestern at Indiana
  4. Rutgers at Illinois

 

Saturday, November 9

  1. Iowa at Wisconsin
  2. Penn State at Minnesota
  3. Purdue at Northwestern
  4. Maryland at Ohio State
  5. Illinois at Michigan State

 

Saturday, November 16

  1. Michigan State at Michigan
  2. Wisconsin at Nebraska
  3. Minnesota at Iowa
  4. Indiana at Penn State
  5. Ohio State at Rutgers
  6. UMass at Northwestern

 

Saturday, November 23

  1. Penn State at Ohio State
  2. Purdue at Wisconsin
  3. Minnesota at Northwestern
  4. Michigan at Indiana
  5. Illinois at Iowa
  6. Nebraska at Maryland
  7. Michigan State at Rutgers

 

Friday, November 29

  1. Iowa at Nebraska

 

Saturday, November 30

  1. Ohio State at Michigan
  2. Wisconsin at Minnesota
  3. Northwestern at Illinois
  4. Maryland at Michigan State
  5. Indiana at Purdue
  6. Rutgers at Penn State

Predicted Conference Records

 

East Division

1 Michigan 8-1

2 Ohio State 8-1

3 Penn State 6-3

4 Michigan St 5-4

5 Maryland 3-6

6 Indiana 2-7

7 Rutgers 0-9

   

West Division

1 Nebraska 6-3

2 Iowa 6-3

3 Wisconsin 5-4

4 Northwestern 5-4

5 Minnesota 4-5

6 Purdue 4-5

7 Illinois 1-8

 

Conference Championship

Michigan over Nebraska